Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get to Kingston self catering accommodation in Orkney?
A: From St Magnus Cathedral, follow Broad Street southwards and as it curves to the left, turn right so that you keep going straight on. Pass the Royal Bank of Scotland and you will head into Victoria Street. Continue along Victoria Street until just before the Red Cross Shop. Turn left and you will enter Kingston Apartment 1's courtyard, turn left again and you will see the front door. For Kingston Apartment 2 follow the same directions into the courtyard. However, then climb the stairs and turn left. For Kingston Lodge, go past the Red Cross shop and turn left. Follow Victoria Road, a one lane road that goes uphill and the Lodge is at the end of the first group of houses. For Kingston House, follow Victoria Road until you pass the first bank of houses - and you will see the entrance to the Kingston House courtyard on the left.
Q: Is Kingston Self Catering suitable for a person with disabilities?
A: Kingston Self Catering is on one level, but unfortunately the bathroom is not suitable for someone in a wheelchair.
Q: Can I smoke in Kingston Self Catering?
A: Sorry, no smoking is allowed inside Kingston Self Catering, but there are lovely areas outside where you can go.
Q: Can I park my car near Kingston Self Catering?
A: Yes - you can park your car in a street adjacent to Kingston Apartment 1 and 2. You can park the car outside for unloading and loading your luggage, but it is quite a narrow street so you cannot park your car there all the time. For Kingston House and Lodge we recommend parking at Watergate, which is above all four properties and your car can be parked there all the time.
Q: Are there facilities for children?
A: Yes - we have a very safe courtyard and garden outside, and a lovely playpark at Brandyquoy is a short walk away.
Q: Can my dog stay at Kingston Self Catering?
A: Pets can stay on request.
Q: Are there any grocery shops nearby?
A: All types of shops - grocery, baker and butcher can all be found a short walk away. A late night convenience store is only a one minute walk from Kingston.
Q: Are there any restaurants or pubs nearby?
A: There are a lots of restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways around Kirkwall. As Kingston is located so centrally they are all only a short walk away.
Q: Are there any petrol stations nearby?
A: There is several petrol stations around Kirkwall.
Q: Do I have to pay extra for heating?
A: No - heating is included in the price.
Q: Do I have to pay extra for electricity?
A: No - electricity is included in the price.
Q: Will we need to take our own towels and linen?
A: All bed linen and towels are provided.
Q: Can I get internet access whilst staying at Kingston Self Catering?
A: Yes - we offer wifi to our guests - please ask for details on arrival.
Q: What forms on payment do you take?
A: We currently accept cash and cheques.
Q: What time must we vacate the property?
A: Can we ask that the property is vacated by 10am on day of departure to ensure that Kingston Self Catering is perfect for the next visitors!
Q: What is in your welcome hamper?
A: As a welcome to our guests we prepare a hamper containing the best local Orkney produce - cheese, wine, biscuits, beer, fudge, bread, milk, and fresh flowers.